…As Blast kills 11 in north-western Syria***
Police in north China’s Hebei Province have caught 221 suspects, seized 303 guns and over 30,000 bullets in a crackdown on illegal online gun trade, the provincial public security department said on Wednesday.
Most of the guns were turned from nail guns, according to the police.
In October 2018, police in Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei, solved a case involving two guns and traced them to a gun dealer surnamed Xu.
Investigations showed that the online gun-selling ring has been operating through several provinces around the country.
In January this year, with the coordination of the Ministry of Public Security, Hebei sent over 600 police officers to various parts of the country for further investigation.
They investigated over 1,563 suspects and arrested 221 of them in 20 days.
Possession of guns by private individuals is illegal in China.
The country has long maintained high pressure on guns and explosive-related crimes.
In the meantime, a blast in the western countryside of Syria’s Idlib province has killed at least 11 people on Wednesday, a monitoring group and activists in the area said.
The bombing took place in Jisr al-Shoughour area, activists said.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the explosion took place near an office that belonged to the al-Qaeda-affiliated Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance.
The observatory, which has been monitoring violence in Syria since the uprising started in 2011, said at least 28 people were also injured.
The province of Idlib is largely controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham as in the past few years Russia, a key ally of Damascus sponsored deals between the government and hardline rebels to transfer them to Idlib.
In September, Russia and Turkey, which supports some rebel groups in Syria, reached a deal to establish a demilitarised buffer zone in the Idlib enclave, a move that prevented a major government offensive there.
The buffer zone includes parts of the neighbouring provinces of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo.
Meanwhile, a car bomb exploded south of the capital Damascus, killing one person and wounding three, a Syrian police source told dpa.
The blast occurred near Nahr al-Ashiyeh, which links the capital with the southern countryside and the southern provinces of Daraa and Sweida.